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The Pittsburgh Penguins own Sidney Crosby participated in an NHL teleconference today. Here are the Q&A’s from the conversation:
Q. Could you comment on the feelings of the prospect of playing your first regular season game as captain of your team on Friday.
SIDNEY CROSBY: I’m looking forward to it. I mean, obviously it’s an honor to be a captain. But playing my first one as captain, I mean, it doesn’t really feel that much different. Like I said, it was an honor, and it still is an honor. But I don’t think my focus or mindset really changes any different than it would be last year or the year before.
Q. You’re a spirited player, play the game with a lot of emotion. Do you think that will change as captain or will you maybe assert yourself more than you do now?
from Red Wings Corner- Babcock on Igor Grigorenko
Grigs not being able to speak English ... “That’s one of the biggest problems. When you’re trying to communicate to him that you’re trying to help him, he just thinks he’s getting demoted. It’s to our benefit when you’ve got a player who could be a real good NHL player, you’ve got to find him. … Now try to explain that to him. You’ve got his agent translating, but any time they’re translating, they’re translating, not you. I’m always a little leery of that.”
“He’s going to play hockey in Grand Rapids. Everyone knows what skate is. Everyone knows what work is. Everyone knows how to ride the bike. It doesn’t matter what language.”
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Ten reasons why his Pittsburgh Penguins will win the Stanley Cup:
10. The father’s son: Shero learned the game from his Stanley Cup-winning father, Fred, whose coaching style was two parts tactics and three parts motivation. “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion,” the late Fred Shero used to say. “You must first set yourself on fire.” He believed that winning was about heart as much as talent, and he could watch a youngster take two shifts and know whether he had the passion necessary to be a NHL player.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) will mark the 10th Anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer with a year-long celebration that commences in October with Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. The League-wide initiative will include numerous activities in October involving all 30 clubs, players, management and fans.
During the month of October each NHL club will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night at a home game.
Most NHL teams will be making their final training camp roster cuts today. Here’s a look at where some teams stand today:
added 10:58am, via Habs Inside/Out,
Final cuts: Price stays, Lapierre, Halak and O’Byrne sent down
According to the reports on Versus during the Ducks/Kings game yesterday, the NHL Network should begin popping up on carriers in the USA today.
Feel free to comment here and we also have a thread in the KK Forum regarding this too.
added 10:36am, via Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
Sources with the three biggest cable operators, Comcast, Time Warner and Cox, as well as satellite operator DirecTV say they are still negotiating to carry the network, and expect to complete a deal soon. EchoStar wasn’t available for comment, though it appears likely that Dish Network is close to a deal, as well, since its customer service representatives were selling the NHL Center Ice package last week.
Putting the NHL Network on a sports tier would follow a similar strategy to NBA TV, which accepted digital sports tier carriage several years ago. The NBA recently has been expressing disappointment about the lack of cable subscribers that get sports tiers. NBA TV is in less than 10 million homes.
To combat these poor penetration rates, NHL Network plans to make much of its programming available on demand, including some live programming and archived content. That would give all digital cable subscribers access to NHL Network content.
update 1:14pm, Thanks to SBJ, you can now read the full article...
Prior to joining the NHL in November as evp-corporate sales and marketing, John Collins was an executive for more than 15 years at the NFL, including svp-sales and marketing (in 2000 he was named one of Brandweek’s “Marketers of the Next Generation”) and then was president/CEO at the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. In May he was given added responsibilities and a new title, svp-business and media, to work with league marketing partners including Pepsi, Reebok, Anheuser-Busch, XM Satellite, Verizon Wireless and Dodge. He spoke with Brandweek executive editor Barry Janoff about the NHL’s marketing strengths, weaknesses and future.
Brandweek: How was the lockout in 2004-05 a turning point for the NHL?
John Collins: It’s a dramatic step if you shut down any business for a year. In terms of business and marketing, the first season after the lockout was all about restarting the business. The NHL represents a classic marketing opportunity and we hope a classic marketing success. Based on franchise values, revenue growth, the rise in salary cap and other numbers that commissioner Gary Bettman presented this month to the board of governors, the business has come back and is poised for growth.
from Paul Hunter at the Toronto Star,
“A team that was on the outside looking in can be on the inside in a hurry in this day and age,” said Phoenix general manager Don Maloney.
“You can reload a lot quicker,” adds Brian Burke, who brought the Stanley Cup to California for the first time as GM of Anaheim.
It is Year Three of the league’s dramatically different collective agreement, a contract many managers admit they’re still trying to fully grasp, and it is Burke’s Ducks for which the other teams are gunning.
This might have been the summer that will show how quickly and smartly teams can rebuild in the new system.
from Hockey Adventure,
The way the entertainment media interacts with NHLers is quite unlike traditional sports coverage.
For instance, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian-host joshed Wayne Gretzky about whether he’s known as “The Great One” around the house with his wife Janet. Also, at this year’s ESPY Awards, Kimmel quipped at Gretzky about David Beckham’s potential impact on soccer in the USA: “Maybe he can do what you did for hockey, and in 15 years no one will be watching soccer, either.”
Would Canada’s ultimate hockey god ever receive such irreverent treatment when interviewed on Hockey Night in Canada or in The Globe & Mail? Historically, no.
from the Boston Globe,
Bochenski, once in the mix as a second-line right wing, was a healthy scratch in yesterday’s preseason-ending 4-2 loss to the Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. Bochenski dressed in only two of the team’s six matches, recording three shots and zero points - not exactly the numbers expected of a go-to scorer.
“With an extra 20 pounds, it’s trickier than you think,” said Bochenski, referring to his struggles at the start of camp. “But I’m not making any excuses. I chose to come in like that.”
more on the Bruins…
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